Living history group 276th Sqdn. (reenacted) RAF in year 2009
Commemoration of Vilda Jakš,
pugilist and Air Gunner, 311 Squadron
We attended commemoration of this brave man in village Bratčice, where he was born. We took part in commemoration ceremony and shown to visitors equipment and uniforms our RAF airmen. We visited a party held in gym in Bratčice, where is interior same as in time of Vilda Jakš, that we can feel great genius loci of this place.
Reenactors Weekend and commemoration of Dam Busters
We attended the East Kirkby Reenatcors Weekend held on former air base of 57 and 630 Squadrons. That we have interesting possibility to visit this place, great event and many museums there, that we present Czechoslovak airmen here on British soil again.
Very strong experience was commemoration event for Dam Busters in Woodhall Spa and theirs former Officers Mess in Petwood Hotel. Our visit of Blue Bell, pub visited by Dam Busters crew and danding party in front of Lancatser plane just Jane were also experiences, difficult to forget.
More information about Dam Busters and this location you can find here
Commemoration of P/O Jindřich Beneš, DFC
Some members of our living history group attend ceremony for commemoration of pilot of 311 Squadron RAF Jindřich Beneš, DFC. It was held in a grammar school in Horní Jelení, which was visited by him.
Commemoration event held in villages or towns, where was an airman born, is very nice experience. You have unuqiue opportunity to visit place, where he was born, live, you can sometimes met his relatives and mainly you can attend very good event, prepared by real enthusiasts.
Commemoration of Out Distance paratroop
Ořechov u Telče
As I wrote before, we are invited to attend events connected not only with RAF. That we attended ceremony in Ořechov u Telče, where not only citizen from this village, but our soldiers too commemorate Out Distance paratroop, which was deployed here on 28 March 1942. Adolf Opálka and Ivan Kolařík were mainly commemorated and outher paratroops too during commemorative event. Two exhibitions were part of this event – exhibition of equipment of Czechoslovak soldiers and airmen in the WW2, thanks to Living history groups Pětačtyřicítka Brno and our living history group.
Meeting of airmen
Aviation museum, Deštná
We were invited by our friends from Klub historie letectvi (Society of history of aviation) to attend annual meeting of RAF war veterans and commemoration event for remmembrance of air battle over Jindřichův Hradec. This events is very nice, because unfortunately is still less and less opportunities to meet RAF war veterans.
65th anniversary of the Great Escape – escape of POW from Stalag Luft III Sagan
We took active part in commemoration event organised for this event. We reenacted life in Stalag and exhibit RAF equipment in replice of 104 hut. Because we stay here not only one day, we have great opportunity walked through way of the Great Escapers from exhit from the tunnel Harry to freedom and visit railway station, target of many escapers. We remmembered three Czechoslovak participants, including Arnošt Valenta, who was murdered by Gestapo after being caught.
Vernissage of the exhibition
“Airmen from Zlín region in WW2”
Thank to great enthusiasts Ladislav Slámečka we attended exhibition “Airmen from Zlín region in WW2”, which was held in Bata´s skyscraper in Zlín. This exhibition commemorated Adolf Doubal from Trhová Kamenice too. He was a fitter in the RAF during WW2.
Night in the museum
Aviation museum Kbely, Prague
We can not miss this event. In pas as visitor, now as part of exhibition.
Remmembrace of the Air Battle oved Ore Mountains
Commemoration event attended by RAF, USAAF and Luftwaffe airmen. Very interesting event comprising commemoration event and many exhibitions, including our exhibition of RAF and WAAF equipment. But of course, the most interesting items are in the Museum of the Battle over Ore Mountains, including personal belongings.